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A collection of quotes by Sidney Poitier on acting, life, inspire, race, prejudice, self-esteem, values, forgiveness, family and environment.

15 Motivational Sidney Poitier Quotes That Define His Undeterred Spirit

Quick Facts

Born On: February 20, 1927

Born In: Miami, Florida, U.S.

Sidney Poitier is a renowned Bahamian-American author, director, diplomat and actor. He was the first Afro-American to win an ‘Academy Award’ in the Best Actor category which inspired other black people to pursue a career in acting. He did various petty jobs for survival like being a dishwasher but these hardships couldn’t curb his dream to be an actor. He joined the ‘American Negro Theater’ where he realized his weaknesses and worked hard to overcome them. This helped him get a leading role in a Broadway Production called ‘Lysistrata’ which was critically appreciated and helped him get many offers for films. After playing supporting roles in various films he got his first significant role in ‘Blackboard Jungle’ which helped him enhance his reputation as an actor. He further worked in various films with some of the well-known actors like Ruby Dee before the most notable film of his life ‘Lilies of the Field’. His role in this film as a wandering worker brought him many awards and accolades including the most reputed ‘Academy Award’. He even worked as a director for several successful movies and presently serves as an ‘Ambassador of Bahamas’ to Japan and UNESCO. Go through the treasure trove of quotations and sayings by the distinguished actor which has been scanned from the vast sea of his works. Presenting famous quotes and thoughts by Sidney Poitier.

I am the me I choose to be.

Sidney Poitier

A person doesn't have to change who he is to become better.

Sidney Poitier

Forgiveness works two ways, in most instances. People have to forgive themselves too. The powerful have to forgive themselves for their behavior. That should be a sacred process.

Sidney Poitier

I"ve learned that I must find positive outlets for anger or it will destroy me.

Sidney Poitier

So much of life, it seems, is determined by pure randomness.

Sidney Poitier

You don't have to become something you're not to be better than you were.

Sidney Poitier

Acting isn't a game of "pretend." It's an exercise in being real.

Sidney Poitier

As I've mentioned, a large part of my father's legacy is the lesson he taught his sons. He brought us together and said, 'The measure of a man is how well he provides for his children.

Sidney Poitier

Accept that environment compromises values far more than values do their number on environment.

Sidney Poitier

Of all my father's teachings, the most enduring was the one about the true measure of a man. That true measure was how well he provided for his children, and it stuck with me as if it were etched in my brain.

Sidney Poitier

...you know?

Sidney Poitier

If the image one holds of one's self contains elements that don't square with reality, one is best advised to let go of them, however difficult that may be.

Sidney Poitier

We're all somewhat courageous, and we're all considerably cowardly. We're all imperfect, and life is simply a perpetual, unending struggle against those imperfections.

Sidney Poitier

We put our kids to fifteen years of quick-cut advertising, passive television watching, and sadistic video games, and we expect to see emerge a new generation of calm, compassionate, and engaged human beings?

Sidney Poitier

You don’t have to become something you’re not to be better than you were.

Sidney Poitier